Bun, Onion, Burger
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Bun, Onion, Burger

by Peter Mandel, Chris Eliopoulos
     
 

With no more than two words on each page, wildly colorful illustrations tell the story in this playful book about a family backyard barbeque and a spotted dog who only wants a burger. Dad and son prepare the juicy morsels of meat as the dog looks on, his anticipation (and drool) building each time a burger is served to a guest. And just when it seems the poor mutt

Overview

With no more than two words on each page, wildly colorful illustrations tell the story in this playful book about a family backyard barbeque and a spotted dog who only wants a burger. Dad and son prepare the juicy morsels of meat as the dog looks on, his anticipation (and drool) building each time a burger is served to a guest. And just when it seems the poor mutt is out of luck, a surprise ending leaves everyone satisfied. Readers will delight in the dog’s suspense, and with fewer than forty-five words throughout the text, Bun, Onion, Burger makes a perfect read-aloud treat for toddlers.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Despite its all-American flair, amusing title, and attractive cover, this paper over board picture book is disappointingly thin and never as celebratory as the cookouts it celebrates. Mandel’s (Planes at the Airport) simple, rhymed text contains only a few words per page, which describe the grilling and assembling of hamburgers: “Bun... onion... burger... for one./ Raw... rare... medium... well-done.” The cartoon illustrations provide what little plot there is, as a boy and his dog help make dinner. The dog excitedly participates in every step of the process, but, in the story’s only moment of something resembling tension, he’s frustrated not to get a burger of his own--a problem that’s quickly solved when the boy’s father grills up “another... one... for you!” There is no shortage of color or energy in newcomer Eliopoulos’s watercolors, yet they feel flat. At times, they are simply difficult to decipher (the grilled onions look more like miniature striped inner tubes) and the characters’ smiles are as cookie-cutter as the rest of their personalities--there’s no real character development or differentiation. Ages 2-6. (June)
Kirkus Reviews
A disappointingly ho-hum salute to that summertime classic, the hamburger. Sparse rhyming text spotlights a backyard barbeque shared by exuberant family and friends. "Mustard . . . / pickle . . . / mushroom . . . / swiss cheese. // Slowly . . . / pouring . . . / ketchup . . . / Say please!" Salty French fries and cold lemonade complete the meal. Throughout, the family's canine closely follows the action, hoping for a burger of his own. Eliopoulos's busy illustrations are filled with the greens, reds and browns that epitomize barbeques, but his blocky, Hanna-Barbera-aesthetic characters are regrettably wooden. In addition, the text and pictures do not always jibe well-"Raw, rare, medium" all describe the states of the burgers, but then a turn of the page for "well-done" shows the family hoisting glasses of lemonade. On full spreads, the few scattered words of text occasionally get lost. The enthusiasm and expression of the black-and-white dog just may keep readers interested . . . if they can get past the fact that his spotted eye keeps shifting from one side of his face to the other. Skip this-buy burgers and fixings instead. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416924661
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
06/08/2010
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD520L (what's this?)
Age Range:
2 - 6 Years

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